William "Bill" Hetzler, 83

William Howard "Bill"  Hetzler, 83, of rural Wabash, died at 10:03 p.m., Sunday, March 11, 2018, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. 

He was born Oct. 22, 1934, in Wabash County, to J. Howard and Bernice (Kamp) Hetzler.

Bill was a 1952 graduate of Wabash High School, and received his associate's degree from International Business College in Fort Wayne.  He served in the US Marine Corps from 1957-59.  Bill married Shelvia Wilcox at the Silver Creek Church of Christ, on May 11, 1963.  He was a rural mail carrier, retiring after 40 years and was a farmer.  He was also an accountant and owned Hetzler Tax Service. 

He is survived by his wife, Shelvia Hetzler of Wabash;  son, Erik (Dawn) Hetzler and grandchildren, Nathan Hetzler and Lilah Hetzler, all of Plainfield; three sisters, Dorothy (Richard) Merrick of Wabash, Betty (James) Vrooman of Noblesville, and Jean Waymire of Wabash. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside services and burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2018, at Hopewell Cemetery, Lagro, with Larry Hall and Don Emrick officiating.  Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Thursday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash.

Preferred memorial is Wabash Church of Christ.

The memorial guest book for Bill may be signed at


Posted on 2018 Mar 13